DJI Mavic 2 Zoom

DJI Mavic 2 Zoom

12MP, 1/2.3" CMOS sensor | 4K/30p video | 2x optical zoom

What we like:

  • 2x optical zoom
  • Built-in dolly zoom effect
  • Super resolution mode

What we don't:

  • No Log gamma mode for video
  • Expensive batteries
The Mavic 2 Zoom is a compact, foldable drone with a 2x optical (4x digital) zoom lens. Its body is identical to the Mavic 2 Pro, differing only in the camera module attached. It's ideal for users who want the flexibility of a zoom lens, the ability to hone in on subjects without getting too close, or to capture unique video using the built-in DollyZoom effect.
This drone tops out at 70.8 km/h (44 mph) in Sport mode and can remain in the air for up to 31 minutes. Ten sensors placed on the top, bottom, and sides give the drone omnidirectional obstacle avoidance.
The Mavic 2 Zoom is the first DJI drone to feature an optical zoom lens.
Its camera uses a 12MP, 1/2.3" CMOS sensor, similar to the original Mavic Pro, with a with a F2.8-3.8 aperture range. It features a 2x optical (4x digital) zoom lens with a FOV of about 83° (24 mm) to 48° (48 mm) on a 3-axis gimbal. Two-times digital zoom can additionally simulate a 96mm telephoto lens that captures lossless imagery in full HD resolution. Raw image capture is supported.
Video can be captured at rates up to 4K/30p, 2.7K/60p or 1080/120p for slow motion in D-Cinelike color profile at up to 100Mbps with support for the H.265 codec. This model includes DJI's D-Cinelike color profile. Unlike some other Mavic models, past and present, the wider 4K DCI format is not supported.
The remote controller is the same as the Mavic 2 Pro. It features an onboard LCD screen that keeps you abreast of critical aircraft data. Dual Remote Controller mode allows two people to fly the drone and operate the camera independently but requires an additional remote. OcuSync 2.0 gives the drone a range of 8 km (5 miles). One notable QuickShot mode that's unique to this model is Dolly Zoom. It allows you to create the illusion of a morphed background when you fly the drone backward while zooming in on a subject.
The Mavic 2 Zoom is the first DJI drone to feature an optical zoom lens. For those who want to flex their creative muscles in new ways that require a camera to zoom in, mid-air, without getting too close, the Mavic 2 Zoom is an ideal choice. Serious photographers and videographers might want to look at drones with larger image sensors and a superior color profile.